Explore the most popular views trails in Raccoon Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail down by the water, but overall, wasn’t much to look at. There were several smaller trails that branched off which made it a bit confusing to know which way to go. Very easy hike

Easy hike leading to a secluded natural spring. The park is a nice day trip about 40 min outside of the city

13 days ago

I did the little 5 mile-ish loop someone else mentioned out of Sioux campground, West till it ends on Nichol road, then southeast on Nichol to Wetlands, and back up the hill to camp on Heron.
All really easy minus one uphill on Forest near the end, and Heron had some sharp elevation gain at the bottom.
A little grown over in spots, but hiking poles made everything easily passable.
Wetlands trail was by far my favorite part, no beaver sighting, but, lots of ducks, huge Muskie jumped out of the pond above the dam. Rest of the loop had good variation of forest growth, but no real sights aside from a cool little fern grove.

Good, easy trail with a nice waterfall at the end. Gets a little muddy, but would be great if you have small kids or a very very old dog. Not the hike for you if you want a challenge, but a relaxing little walk n falls.

20 days ago

Hiked this along with most of the Heritage Trail in March and then again in May. Trail was overgrown with vegetation in May especially the section west of Rt. 18. The vegetation really tore up my legs, I would suggest wearing longer pants if doing this trail west of 18 in spring/summer. Several down trees in different areas. Definitely one of the most secluded and challenging hikes you'll get within a 40 minute drive of the Pittsburgh area.

20 days ago

Hiked this along with most of the Forest Trail in March and then again in May. Trail was overgrown with vegetation in May especially the section west of Rt. 18. The vegetation really tore up my legs, I would suggest wearing longer pants if doing this trail west of 18 in spring/summer. Several down trees in different areas. Definitely one of the most secluded and challenging hikes you'll get within a 40 minute drive of the Pittsburgh area.

Really easy hike. I took my mom with me, and she had no problem. The small waterfall is nice .

My daughter and I hike this in all weather. We love this trail. Nice and simple with a natural spring filtered through the rocks

Beautiful trail. Saw a coyote today 4/11/18. Did the loop starting toward the lake. Met another couple that said a little easier in that direction. After the lake has 3 hills. Not well marked in spots. Stay to left at top of first hill. Valley after, small bridge washed out. Hop a few rocks. Another fork after starting down second hill. Stay right. Easy to follow other than that. Enjoy.. We did. Used the app during the hike and it is accurate.

Bridge down and signage to follow detour was hard. We walked around for 30 minutes before finding the right path. Wear bright colors! This trail goes through a hunting area. Overall great hike!

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2 months ago

Enjoyed the trail. My fiance n I with our 2 dogs started at the Mineral Spring Trail head by the rangers office n picked up the Heritage Trail. Nice scenery and some good climbs. About 2 1/2 miles in came across a large tree the park must've cut down n left it lay across the trail. Was a bit difficult for the dogs to navigate over but not too bad. Definitely wet n muddy on some down hill. But all in all we had a great time.

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2 months ago

Did a small portion of this trail. Created a loop that included the Wetlands Trail, Forest Trail, and Heron Trail - possibly a short portion of the Palomino Trail. Made for about a 5 mile loop. Great trail - well marked, good sights and challgenging! Will do again!

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3 months ago

Didn’t love this one. Went in March and not much to look at with planes flying overhead fairly often so you don’t get to much of a nature feel. Good practice for the AT though with the steep climbs.

Easy trail. Nice walk with some water features.

A great hike. Very muddy today with all the rain, be sure to wear waterproof boots with your hike. Scenic hike along a stream! Very relaxing and easy loop!

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3 months ago

The Heritage trail is beautifully blazed! I made a 5 mile loop starting at Nichol road trailhead, going south on Heritage trail to Buckskin trail, and back out Nichol road. I’m not a fan of “road” hiking, but Nichol is more of a trail than a road. Buckskin trail is a horse trail so blazes are much less frequent, but it’s easy to follow. Only confusing spot was where it appeared there was a double blaze indicating a turn that wasn’t. Looked for it a bit, then decided to stick with the obvious path. The Heritage trail has multiple creek crossings and is wet! Hiking poles are a big help as are waterproof boots. I was able to keep water depth to about ankle deep, but it took a little work. My dog went along and managed well too. Saw a few footprints, but no other hikers til the last 1/4 mile.
I hiked another part of Heritage from Racoon park road last week. Again, great trail marking and good scenery. Lots of climb and not so wet on this section. Only met 2 others on the trail this day too.

Great trail and history. Old site of a mineral spring resort from late 1800s and early 1900s. Ppl believed the water had healing powers and came from all over to drink and bath in them.

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6 months ago

Great trail. Lots of steep climbs and large trees fallen across the path but I loved it.

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

Decent hike... completed the out and back,...
Trail was marked very well and easy to navigate.

Well maintained. Easy terrain. Took Webelos Scouts for their 3 mile. Perfect place.

easy afternoon trail. nice view of the small waterfall about half way down the trail as well

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7 months ago

A lot of diverse greenery

8 months ago

Dogs allowed?

Short but interesting hike to the mineral springs. Varied terrain, creek crossing, some elevation gain, lots to look at.

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9 months ago

The Wildflower Reserve is a lovely place for nature walking. There are several trails within the reserve so you can take an hour or an afternoon. I suggest exploring on a weekday in late April - early May to get the full wildflower display. Many scenic overviews can be found on the Audubon Trail, and the creekside Old Field Trail is quite peaceful. Only a small portion of the Jennings Trail travels close enough to the highway for traffic noise. No pets.

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9 months ago

Bearing right from the trail access at the park road and onward to the lake, Lake Trail is a nice, scenic, typical western PA walk in the woods. Once you reach beyond the lake the trail gets quite muddy, overgrown, and downright unpleasant and steep for a little while. On the Forest Trail portion of the loop, at 2.7 miles or so, you will encounter a nice fern and pine forest that is quite refreshing after the not so nice parts, so it's a good reward for traveling this loop in the lakeward direction first. I agree with the Moderate rating.

Great trail with some scenic spots. Easy hike with only 1 or 2 hills worth noting. I'd definitely recommend it!

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10 months ago

Great hike with our 3 kids (ages 10, 6, 4)

Easy and fun

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